What's the difference between cancelling a Fibre line vs Moving it to the Last Mile Provider?

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As the title shows, I'm a little confused by the difference between cancelling a Fibre line completely, and moving it to the Last Mile Provider.

With ADSL for example, this makes sense. You could move your line back to Telkom and pay them the rental instead of the ISP.

Fibre is different though, as I understand it, the line gets installed, and you pay your ISP a monthly fee for your chosen data bundle, no line rental paid.

So what does it actually mean to move your Fibre line back to the Last Mile Provider? You usually can't get internet service directly from the Last Mile Provider, nor can you rent a fibre line and jump between multiple ISPs on a daily basis. Both of which are possible with ADSL.

So for what purpose would one move your Fibre line back to the Last Mile Provider? Also, what, if any, rental is payable as a result of doing so?

I suppose it varies across providers, but other than maybe Openserve, I don't understand the purpose of moving your Fibre line back to the Last Mile Provider.

Could someone please explain the relevance of this? I'm curious to know and would greatly appreciate any input.

Thanks!
asked Dec 30, 2017 in Fibre by Halnziye (130 points)

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Hey there

You are correct. You do not move a fibre line to or from your ISP.

The fibre line gets installed to your premises and you pay installation, activation and router fees if they apply and the only thing then is to pick an ISP.

You are free to change ISPs (if not contractually bound) and still have your line stay as is. The management of the line is the job of the last mile provider and the ISPs usally assist with the support issues as well in a secondary capacity with infrastructure.
answered Feb 9 by Filet Mignon (24,710 points)
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